We’ve all been warned about the connection between pride and reading. Charles Spurgeon warned that “little learning and much pride come with hasty reading.” Bertrand Russell once observed, “There are two motives for reading a book. One, that you enjoy it. The other; that you can boast about it.” Alan Jacobs has similarly commented: “I think most people read quickly because they want not to read but to have read.” Continue reading “The Humility of Reading (or The Pride of Not Reading)”
Last week I wrote an article on the issue of self-promotion. Today I want to apply a few reflections from last week’s article specifically to pastoral ministry.
Postcards and Self-Promotion
Before I went to seminary I served for nearly five years as a youth pastor. I was fresh out of college with a Bible degree and a desire to disciple students when I took the job, so I didn’t give much thought to preaching opportunities outside the church. On a semi-regular basis, however, I would receive mail–typically oversized postcards–from men my age or a little older who were offering their services to my youth group. They were self-appointed Christian speakers who would be willing–for a fee–to speak at our retreats and summer camps. Continue reading “Self-Promotion, Pastoral Ministry, and Our Spiritual Condition”